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Rally of GB Report 98-11-24

54th Network Q Rally of Great Britain, 1998 Rd 13 WRC End of Leg 2 Network Q Rally of Great Britain --------------------------------------------------------------- COLIN MCRAE RETIRES.... After battling with Richard Burns all day, Colin...

54th Network Q Rally of Great Britain, 1998 Rd 13 WRC End of Leg 2

Network Q Rally of Great Britain ---------------------------------------------------------------

COLIN MCRAE RETIRES....

After battling with Richard Burns all day, Colin McRae has retired from the Network Q Rally of GB while leading.

C.McRae won SS19, but then retired from the rally during service due to an engine problem. He had reported a loss of power during the stage.

Richard Burns now comfortably leads the rally from Alister McRae. Sainz is in 4th.

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Unofficial results and of Leg 2:

1 Burns/Reid                                Mit Carisma        2:13:41,2
2 A.McRae/Senior                        Subaru                2:14:56,9
3 Kankkunen/Repo                        Escort                2:15:27,3
4 Sainz/Moya                                Corolla                2:15:42,9
5 Thiry/Prevot                                Escort                2:16:42,3
6 De Mevius/Marc Fortin                        Subaru                2:18:07,9
7 Lindholm/Aho                                Escort                2:18:19,8
8 Schwarz/Hiemer                        Escort                2:19:49,5
9 Holowczyc/Wislawski                        Subaru                2:20:04,7
10 Rovanperä/Pietiläinen                Seat WRC        2:20:28,3

Formula 2:

1 Laukkanen/Lindström                        Renault Meg.        2:26:07,8
2 Gardemeister/Lukander                        Seat Ibiza        2:26:20,5
3 Kytolehto/Kapanen                        Vauxhall        2:26:23,9

Group N:

1 Stohl/Müller                                Mit Lancer        2:25:21,6
2 Higgins/Wood                                Subaru                2:25:54,8
3 Al-Wahaibi/Harryman                        Mit Lancer        2:27:40,7

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Headlines: - Sainz drops to 4th postion, but is still 1 minute in front of 5th place Bruno Thiry. If he maintains this postion, Sainz will become the new world champion. - there is a superb battle in Formula 2. At the end of the 2nd leg, only 15 seconds seperate the top three competitors who represent three different car manufacturers but only one nationality: Finland. - In Group N, Manfred Stohl maintained his lead, but local David Higgins has moved up into 2nd.

- Didier Auriol exited the rally after SS20 with clutch failure - SS19 was delayed for almost 1/2 hour due to spectator problems - Gwyndaf Evans (Seat WRC) retired after SS17 when the gearbox became stuck in first gear - Kenneth Eriksson in the Hyundai Coupe went off in SS16 and retired - Martin Rowe (Renault Megane) retired today with suspension failure - Ari Vatanen crashed out on the first stage this morning

Weather: High: 7 deg C Low : 3 deg C There was overnight rain, now drying, light fog, heavy in some places in valleys Mostly cloudy

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LEG 2 - Cheltenham-Cheltenham (732.08 km) Monday 23, November 05.00 Start from from Cheltenham SS14 Radnor 23.85 km (14.67 miles) SS15 Myherin 1 16.86 km (10.37 miles) SS16 Tywi 19.87 km (12.23 miles) SS17 Esgair Dafydd 8.70 km (5.35 miles) SS18 Crychan 21.98 km (13.53 miles) SS19 Cefn 9.16 km (5.63 miles) SS20 Sweet Lamb 25.70 km (15.72 miles) SS21 Myherin 2 16.86 km (10.37 miles) 21.48 Arrival in Cheltenham

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Stage Winners:

SS14 - Burns, SS15 - Burns, SS16 - Burns, SS17 - C.McRae, SS18 - C.McRae, SS19 - C.McRae, SS20 - Burns, SS21 - Burns

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SS 14 Radnor 23.85 km (14.67 miles)

Notes: - Vatanen: had a spin, went off road; retired.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Burns/Reid                                Carisma                11.58,7
2 C.McRae/Grist                                Subaru                11.59,6
3 Auriol/Giraudet                        Corolla                12.12,6
4 A.McRae/Senior                        Subaru                12.17,1
5 Kankkunen/Repo                        Escort                12.20,6

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SS 15 Myherin 1 16.86 km (10.37 miles)

Notes: - Lundgaard: stopped in stage; retired. - Holowczyc: hit a rock and arrived at the stage end with damaged front suspension.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Burns/Reid                                Carisma                9.51,5
2 C.McRae/Grist                                Subaru                9.51,8
3 Auriol/Giraudet                        Corolla                9.54,7
4 Sainz/Moya                                Corolla                9.59,8
5 A.McRae/Senior                        Subaru                10.02,9

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SS 16 Tywi 19.87 km (12.23 miles)

Notes: - C. McRae: spun twice in this stage. - Eriksson: retired; mechanical problem.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Burns/Reid                                Carisma                12.18,1
2 Auriol/Giraudet                        Corolla                12.19,8
3 Sainz/Moya                                Corolla                12.24,6
4 A.McRae/Senior                        Subaru                12.25,7
5 C.McRae/Grist                                Subaru                12.36,7

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SS 17 Esgair Dafydd 8.70 km (5.35 miles)

Notes: - C. McRae: had a puncture. - Auriol: went off, lost small amount of time. - A. McRae: loose turbo pipe led to loss of engine power.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                                Subaru                5.24,0
2 Sainz/Moya                                Corolla                5.29,4
3 Burns/Reid                                Carisma                5.31,3
4 Kankkunen/Repo                        Escort                5.35,9
5 Thiry/Prevot                                Escort                5.39,9

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SS 18 Crychan 21.98 km (13.53 miles)

Notes: - Evans (Seat): stuck in first gear, transmission damaged; retired.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                                Subaru                13.04,5
2 Burns/Reid                                Carisma                13.10,9
3 Sainz/Moya                                Corolla                13.17,2
4 A.McRae/Senior                        Subaru                13.19,7
5 Auriol/Giraudet                        Corolla                13.21,5

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SS 19 Cefn 9.16 km (5.63 miles)

Notes: - Stage 19 stopped after six cars because of too many spectators. Resumed after 27 minute gap. - C. McRae: finished stage reporting loss of engine power, now waiting to go into service for engine check; retired after stage.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 C.McRae/Grist                                Subaru                5.37,7
2 Burns/Reid                                Carisma                5.41,2
3 Sainz/Moya                                Corolla                5.43,9
4 A.McRae/Senior                        Subaru                5.46,1
5 Kankkunen/Repo                        Escort                5.46,6

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SS 20 Sweet Lamb 25.70 km (15.72 miles)

Notes: - Sainz: slid off at a junction, no damage. - Auriol: badly slipping clutch.

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Burns/Reid                                Carisma                16.35,4
2 A.McRae/Senior                        Subaru                16.48,9
3 Kankkunen/Repo                        Escort                16.58,9
4 Thiry/Prevot                                Escort                17.11,7
5 De Mevius/Marc Fortin                        Subaru                17.12,1

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SS 21 Myherin 2 16.86 km (10.37 miles)

Notes:

Stage Pos/ Driver/ Car/ Stage Time:

1 Burns/Reid                                Carisma                10.24,7
2 Kankkunen/Repo                        Escort                10.32,4
3 A.McRae/Senior                        Subaru                10.35,2
4 De Mevius/Marc Fortin                        Subaru                10.45,2
5 Thiry/Prevot                                Escort                10.47,9

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LEG 3 - Cheltenham-Cheltenham (589,95 km) Tuesday 24, November 05.00 Start from Cheltenham SS22 St Gwynno 13.81 km (8.54 miles) SS23 Tyle 10.65 km (6.59 miles) SS24 Rhondda 36.28 km (22.56 miles) SS25 Resolfen 44.58 km (27.34 miles) SS26 Rheola 24.89 km (15.47 miles) SS27 Argoed 9.04 km (5.59 miles) SS28 Margam 27.08 km (16.81 miles) 16.58 Finish of the rally in Cheltenham

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